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Written by Andrew Norriss

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Aquila Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Historical Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

Winner of the 1997 Whitbread Children's Novel Award

Entertainingly written, prize-winning Aquila is an exciting adventure. On a boring school trip, Tom and Geoff discover an ancient flying machine. Determined to find out more about it but also desperate to keep their find a secret, the boys return to the spot and, having mastered how to fly the thing, are soon off on incredible travels in a ship with strange powers including the ability to make them invisible. Along the way, they even have to learn some Latin for purposes of communication. Soundly based in a convincing everyday setting, Aquila is also a tightly plotted and well-imagined adventure. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.

Aquila Synopsis

It's a spaceship from the past - can it change the future? Aquila has been found by boys bunking off a geography field trip. They have no idea where it came from or what it does. But Geoff's discovered that when you sit in it these little coloured lights come on, and if you push one of the big blue ones ...Whoosh!

Aquila Press Reviews

This original story is gripping from the first page, when two boys slip down a bank into a disused quarry while on a school orienteering trip. There they discover a Roman spacecraft, which they manage to get going. They learn more while finding out how to control the spaceship than they have ever learnt at school - including Latin! Winner of the 1997 Whitbread Children's Novel Award, short-listed for the Smarties Award, it has also been made into a popular television series. (9-11 yrs) Kirkus UK

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ISBN: 9780141328577
Publication date: 29/11/2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141308951
Publication date: 29/11/2001
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141308951
Publication date: 29th November 2001
Author: Andrew Norriss
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, General Fiction, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Andrew Norriss

Andrew Norriss was born in 1947, went to Trinity College, Dublin, and then became a school teacher because a woman called Mrs Morrison told him to. In 1982, another woman told him he should be a writer, so he did that instead, partly because of the money, but mostly because it means you can watch movies in the afternoon. He lives in a thatched cottage in a little Hampshire village with a loving wife and two wonderful children, and life would be pretty near perfect if he could just get rid of the moles on the lawn, and his son didn’...

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